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Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
A juvenile Black-headed Gull sporting white leg ring EE1W was at the Flashes late on the 3rd September. It had been ringed in the nest on the island of Griend in the Wadden Sea, The Netherlands on the 22nd June 2016. There have been no other sightings of the bird.
 

discors

Old Timer
Flashes this morning Ruff in among the Lapwing 1 Curlew heard. 2 juv Ringed Plover 3 Common Sands and 1 Green. Hedgewatch more productive in sunshine Lesser and Common Whitethroat showing well with male Blackcap and Chiffchaff supporting cast. Stars of the show were the Redstart. Viewed from the path the back of the hedge held an moulting male Redstart, a juv male with defined bib and darker face and also a pale faced female type juv. Red tails flashing up and down the hedge and perching on overhung fence and prominent branches Quite a show for Des and myself. Perfect morning at the Mecca!
 

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
An adult Black-headed Gull sporting a yellow leg ring 2NRJ was noted at the Flashes on the 20th August 2016. The bird was originally ringed on the 23rd January 2016 at Pitsea Landfill, Essex (presumably by cannon netting?). There have been no intervening sightings.
 

upstarts1979

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Flashes this morning Ruff in among the Lapwing 1 Curlew heard. 2 juv Ringed Plover 3 Common Sands and 1 Green. Hedgewatch more productive in sunshine Lesser and Common Whitethroat showing well with male Blackcap and Chiffchaff supporting cast. Stars of the show were the Redstart. Viewed from the path the back of the hedge held an moulting male Redstart, a juv male with defined bib and darker face and also a pale faced female type juv. Red tails flashing up and down the hedge and perching on overhung fence and prominent branches Quite a show for Des and myself. Perfect morning at the Mecca!

Yes but did you use the hide clamp blocks along the path...8-P
 
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UW82

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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Ruff-------------------Avocet (3)
Ringed Plover (2)-----Snipe (2)
Curlew (18)-----------Green Sand (5)
Common Sand (3)----Teal (52)
Shoveler (42)---------Kestrel
Raven (2)-------------Jay (4)
Whitethroat (2)-------Lesser Whitethroat (1)
Reed Warbler (1)-----Redstart (3). Ad male + juv male+juv/female
Lapwing (126)--------Common Tern (2). Ad + juv. Also seen on Sailing Pool and Moors.
Kingfisher-------------Sparrowhawk (2)*

MOORS:
Gadwall (6)-----------Wigeon (2).Eclipse male + female.
Teal (14)--------------Shoveler (1)
Mistle Thrush----------Sand Martin (3)
Cormorant (6)---------Greylag Goose (40)
Snipe (1)--------------Kingfisher
B H Gull (c200)--------Water Rail (juv)
Sedge Warbler (JS)---Hobby (JS,MJI)

NORTH MOORS (seasonal pool):
Cetti's Warbler---------Water Rail


Des.
 

wheatearlp

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England
Autumn All-Dayer

As I didn't provide much in the way of stats prior to the event, I thought I'd throw a few out now having updated the lists.

Over 18 years (1996-2005 & 2009 to date) we have recorded 127 different species on the designated day. The date has varied from 1st-14th with 4th and 6th having been 'the day' three times each, followed by 3rd, 5th and 7th twice. The day has never been on 2nd, 11th or 13th.

Of the 127 species only 50 have been recorded each year with a further 11 missing in one or two of the years; a further 13 species have been recorded in more than half the years. That leaves the rather large figure of 53 species that have been recorded on 50% or less of the days! This highlights the vagaries of passage and, in a few cases, the demise of formerly regular species.

I won't list the 50 as most of you can could up with those, with or without reference to previous checklists, especially if you know that we have missed G.C.Grebe (2001), Cormorant (1999), Peregrine (1996), Snipe (1997), Common Sand.(2012), Feral Pigeon (2005), G.S.Woodpecker (2009), Sand Martin (2004), Song Thrush (1997 & 1998), Cetti's Warbler (1997 & 2012) & Willow Warbler (2002 & 2005). Other, perhaps surprising, absentees from the 'every year' list are Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Rook, Little Owl, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Dunlin, Herring Gull, Yellow Wagtail and Raven.

Little Owl was recorded in every year to 2005 but not since 2012, Yellow Wagtail has always been a little sporadic but has only been noted twice since 2010 - just two examples of formerly regular species that are now not so regular or largely absent. On the other hand Raven, formerly sporadic, has been noted in six of the last seven years. Greylag Goose, not noted until 2005, has been seen in all but one year since.

Just a few examples of trends that can be identified from figures collated over a lengthy period - I'm sure others can be picked out, but it's late...
 

binus1963

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some from last week

kingfisher with stickleback, spider with a hampton, a beautiful bull finch and a couple of cormorant action shots.
 

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Birder Gladys

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this evening.Moors 2 Wigeon (didn't know 1st for the year for me, annual count now 111 ) 7 Cormorants, 1 green sand ,kingfisher in front of the jacobs hide for quite a time, just when you think it couldn't get better a 2nd kingfisher turned up.
Flashes. 2 Avocet (juv with limp), 2 common sand, 17 Curlew, Lapwings, (possible Ruff dark by the time I spotted it but right size and shape) 39 LBBG, 1Herring gull,1000+ BHG a lot over on 3rd flash couldn't get number. 40 Greylag, 300+ canada geese came in the dark looked like all same size,
 

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Pied Flycatcher

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Yesterday Morning at the Moors resulted in a Heron feasting on a ready supply of fish and eels, boy were they some whoppers!
Looks like a sizeable Roach later followed by one of the largest eels I've seen in a pool this size. Took the Heron 40 minutes before he managed to swallow this guy.
There was a brief visit by the Kingfisher too.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/piedflycatcher/
 

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John Layj

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Yesterday Morning at the Moors resulted in a Heron feasting on a ready supply of fish and eels, boy were they some whoppers!
Looks like a sizeable Roach later followed by one of the largest eels I've seen in a pool this size. Took the Heron 40 minutes before he managed to swallow this guy.
There was a brief visit by the Kingfisher too.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/piedflycatcher/

Wow! How did the Heron manage to hold on to the eel, never mind swallow it? If you've ever handled a live eel, they put up a tremendous struggle.
 

upstarts1979

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The strong SE winds strengthened throughout the day.
A good start to the day with a new year tick. I had just walked into the North Moors trail from the east side when something dropped to the ground about 10 yards in front of me. I could see the grass moving and the local tits were going crazy. After a few seconds out flew a tawny owl with prey :t:
MOORS :
Little grebe 18. Wigeon 4. Shoveler 8. teal 12. gadwall 3.
Greylag 55.
Snipe. lapwing 40.
hobby 1st summer. kestrel.
kingfisher. swallow 5. house martin 45
along east track: mistle thrush. nuthatch. treecreeper 2. blackcap 2. Cetti's. chiffchaff 6. goldcrest

FLASHES :
Teal 110. Shoveler 65.
Avocet 3 (2 juvs). Ruff juv male. Green sand 2. Common sand 2. Snipe 4. lapwing 80. Curlew 18.
stock dove 120. pied wag 3. starling 320.

pics showing how the Amy's Marsh looks today, after Tuesdays work and opening the sluice:t:
 

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PHW

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Bairds Sandpiper

Poor recognition shots of tonights Bairds Sandpiper
Phil
 

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upstarts1979

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BAIRDS SANDPIPER FLASHES Tomorrow arrangements

I will be opening up the Overflow car park at 5.15 am . Please help us by staying in the car park until the bird is seen. Do not park before this time outside the gates.
To any non members you will be charged £3 .
We do not want any bad behaviour as this not our car park and this could sour the relationship with the Aztec company who own the sailing centre.
V Do not enter the reserve before the wardens arrive


To any WARDENS if you can spare a few hours tomorrow I would appreciate it. Bring permit books
And well done To Janette 55 , who phoned me . Also thanks to Andy Pitt and Phil Wood a great team effort and hopefully the bird will be seen tomorrow :t: John
 
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Janette55

Ja***te L
So pleased that my UFO has been identified as a Bairds Sandpiper. Thanks to John, Phil and Andy for their expertise in identifying it. Hope it stays around long enough for others to see.
 

upstarts1979

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So pleased that my UFO has been identified as a Bairds Sandpiper. Thanks to John, Phil and Andy for their expertise in identifying it. Hope it stays around long enough for others to see.

A good lesson for all of us. If you have a bird you are not sure about then don't let it get away. Ring me or any other regulars or ask people in the hide, if its a common species you will not be ridiculed. Take photos and notes. I am very grateful to Janette, as are all of us that have and will be hopefully seeing the Bairds tomorrow.
This is what you call team work and a very memorable event in the history of Upton Warren :t: john
 

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